Five College Consortium

Only 3% Are Women?

Thu, Feb 15 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Weinstein Auditorium
Only 3% Are Women? A Forum on Diversifying the Construction Workforce
Carrie Baker

Meet the pioneering tradeswomen who are organizing for equity and diversity in the field of construction. They are on the frontline of a working-class movement of women and people of color fighting to open up the white, male world of construction. Working class jobs that give opportunity – training, livable wages & benefits - are in short supply in our country. Currently only 3% of tradespeople in Western Mass and nationally are women. Come meet some of the women leading this movement and learn how building the new Neilson Library can play a role!


Lily Thompson, Carpenters Local 336 member & steward (Plainfield resident, 15 year carpenter)

Tyeka Robinson, Carpenters Local 336 member & steward (Springfield resident, 6 year carpenter)

Theresa Copeland, Carpenters Local 336 member, 3rd year apprentice (Northampton resident, 3 year carpenter)

Janet Butler, owner & President of Federal Concrete, Inc. WBE (Women’s business enterprise)

Moderator: Susannah Howe, Senior Lecturer in Engineering, Design Clinic Director, Smith College

Welcome: Carrie N. Baker, Program for the Study of Women and Gender

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Free and open to the public.